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Speaker Boehner: Wrong Answer

Talking Points Memo reports that at a press conference this morning, Speaker John Boehner was asked a rather obvious question based on this point: If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be slashed as their agencies pare back. You know what his answer was? "So be it." Yup, that's right. If the Republican budget cuts cost Americans their jobs, the Republican response is "so be it." It's time for progressives to offer a real alternative. America needs to know what we stand for, what makes Democrats different from Republicans, and our vision for moving America forward. Join me in calling on Democrats to fight for a progressive budget that has no cuts to vital programs, invests in jobs, and makes the rich and corporations pay their fair share. ADD YOUR NAME NOW The budget fight is just beginning and it's going to be a big one. Republicans are claiming they'll shut the government down if they don't get their way. They're willing to cost even more Americans their jobs -- just so Republicans can make a political point in an attempt to hold Obama hostage. What Republicans don't understand is if Democrats stand together, we'll win this fight. The majority of America is on our side. 1) NO CUTS TO VITAL PROGRAMS Americans don't want cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare, and others that keep seniors out of poverty and helps the struggling middle class. Republicans are even going after the WIC program which provides supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Are they serious? I guess, if more babies die in America because of lack of food, John Boehner's response will be "So be it." 2) INVEST IN JOBS Americans want strategic investments in jobs and job creation because and getting more people back to work is actually the best way to reduce the deficit. The President said it best when he unveiled his suggested investments in job creation earlier this week: "We also have a responsibility to invest in those things that are absolutely critical to preparing our people and our Nation for the economic competition of our time. We do this by investing in and reforming education and job training so that all Americans have the skills necessary to compete in the global economy. We do this by encouraging American innovation and investing in research and development -- especially in the job-creating industries of tomorrow such as clean energy. We do this by rebuilding America's infrastructure so that U.S. companies can ship their products and ideas from every corner in America to anywhere in the world." 3) EVERYONE PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE Middle class Americans and the poor are sick of carrying all the weight when Washington talks about "shared sacrifice." It's time to make sure that every American pays their fair share and that means repealing the tax cuts for the rich and ending big business subsidies to industries already making millions in net profits. We must fight to end government subsidies to companies who like Exxon/Mobil have record breaking profits while paying next to nothing in corporate taxes. ADD YOUR NAME TODAY This will be a fight and we won't get everything we want -- but we absolutely must fight. Because win or lose, Americans must see Democrats fighting for them in Washington. It's time to stand up and expose Republicans for caring more about defeating Obama than creating jobs. And if exposing Republicans for who they are costs Speaker John Boehner his job, then so be it.
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Threats to Social Security Are Not Over

The threats to undermine Social Security continue. This week the Wall Street Journal reported that four Senators, Crapo, Coburn, Conrad, and Durbin(!), are meeting regularly on a plan to reintroduce the ideas from the Deficit Commission that include raising the retirement age and cutting Social Security benefits. Meanwhile, in the House, Rep. Cantor says that Social Security is still on the table to be cut. We can't let this happen. We want to make sure that Congress understands what they are doing when they plan to cut the rug out from under working people who need Social Security to support themselves, their families, and their communities. That's why we are collecting stories from folks like you to share with Congress and to put in TV ads for everyone to see. Yes! I have a Social Security story I want to share! I don't have a Social Security story, but I'll contribute $5 to put these stories on the air. Social Security is a promise we made with each other to support one another in retirement or in cases of disability. This promise is how we keep our communities stable and secure when we need it most. We will share these stories with Progressive Members of Congress to talk about on the House and Senate floor, we will send your stories to all Members of Congress, and we will use some stories for a TV ad to make sure that everyone knows the faces of people who depend on Social Security. Yes! I want to make sure members of Congress hear my story! I don't have a Social Security story, but I'll contribute so that others' stories can be shared. Thank you for all that you do.
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Patriot Act Progressive Caucus Release

Progressive Caucus Members Show Effective Organizing with Some in Tea Party to Protect Liberty of US Citizens BURLINGTON, VT DFA Executive Director, Arshad Hasan: Progressives know that Americans do not want to be spied on by the government. Thats why the Congressional Progressive Caucus fought to end these attacks on our liberty. The issue of liberty is one place where some conservatives and progressives agree in Congress. Hasan added, I am proud to see that under the leadership of Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison Progressive Caucus Members are building coalitions across party lines to get the peoples business done. I hope that the Republican leadership learns an important lesson here and starts working on issues that voters really care about like creating more jobs. We look forward to working with them on these and other issues we mutually agree on. Hasan sent an email to Democracy for America members today asking them to thank the Congressional Progressive Caucus for their work to end the unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act. (Email text attached.) ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Community. Security. Liberty.

This is the full post from Gov. Dean that appeared last night on DailyKos: (To read the comments he added click here.) I want to hear from you. What do our shared values mean to you? What should be our priorities for the coming year? How will we work together to move America forward in 2011? Our movement is best when it's a conversation. You just heard from me and I want to hear from you. Please take a moment to a let us know your thoughts at DemocracyforAmerica.com or join me right here on Daily Kos at 9PM for a live chat. I'll answer questions and discuss with you what you care about most and your ideas on how to move forward on our shared values. The State of the Progressive Movement is strong. You are the reason why we have come so far. I look forward to working with you in 2011 and beyond. We've come a long way together over the years. We've had many victories and our share of setbacks. The next few years aren't going to be easy either. It's going to be a fight to stop right-wing Republicans from rolling back progress and forcing gridlock in Congress. We'll need to work harder than ever to accomplish real change and reelect President Obama in 2012. But we've never been afraid of hard work. We've never sat back and hoped for change, we've always done what it takes to make it happen. Which is why, it's time to discuss the State of our Progressive Movement. How we can move forward to unite our country for a better future and take stock in how far we've come. We must decide together where we go from here. Before we talk about where we'll go, we must remember how we got here today. When we decided to create Democracy for America in 2004, we were inspired by the grassroots action and leadership empowered during our Presidential campaign. We knew you wanted to keep the energy of our movement going. We knew you had tapped into something bigger than a race for an office. You made me realize more than I already had on my own that we're in a fight for the fate of our country. We were united in a belief of what kind of country we wanted to be -- a country that valued strong communities, security at home and abroad, and the liberty to be free to live the lives we choose. Yet, why haven't we been celebrating all the progress we have made to create a more equal society with a stable economy and strong national community? There is a reason why our nation got stuck in a rut of fear and blame. About 30 years ago, right-wing conservatives started to organize with the Christian Coalition, radio talk shows and other media and in the absence of a better alternative, their messages emphasizing what divides us was catching on. By spreading fear and by vilifying many of the key accomplishments of the progressive era that led our country to be strong and stable, they wanted to turn back the clock on progress that allowed more Americans to get and keep their piece of the pie. And that meant more for the elites at the top -- regardless of what they had to do to get it. The time had come to fight back against these right-wing attacks on the fundamental values of our Democracy. We needed our own "Christian Coalition" willing to reengage and reform our movement. That's why we founded Democracy for America. Together, we went to work going door to door in places Washington insiders thought were forever lost to Democrats. We talked with people about what we believe and we shared what we had in common. We were truly all in this together and we needed each other to move forward as a nation. It worked and the first steps worked quickly. In 2006, we won back Congress and 2 years after that won the Presidency. Those were great victories and a testament to the strength of our values and your hard work. But, today, we must recognize that our work has just begun. The first steps toward change were not easy. There are forces who will stop at nothing to retain their choke hold on power and wealth -- even if it means perpetuating ridiculous lies like "death panels" or "a government takeover of health care" or inciting people with fear and anger without any regard for the potential consequences. The truth is that our political victory came at a difficult time economically. People are rightfully afraid for their economic future, their job, their health, their family. The question is still what kind of country do we want to live in? Do we want to play to the worst impulses in human nature and separate people from each other, scapegoating minority groups and dismantling our community support systems? We have a better answer. We are all in this together and our American community can come together and move forward toward a brighter future. This country works when we work together and pull each other up. We know what we believe. We believe in community. We care about our neighbors and we help each other. We can provide a bright future to our children with a quality education AND we can provide a secure retirement free from poverty and dependence for our grandparents. And we can accomplish it within a reasonable budget so we don't leave a burden of debt on the next generation. Democrats are responsible and balance budgets. Democrats lift up the community and make sure that everyone has a chance for a future. We believe in security. We will foster strong partnerships with other nations to ensure the secure and safe prosperity for all in the future. We will reduce our dependence on resources that make us vulnerable to attack. We will use our American ingenuity to strengthen our own economy and our environment. We won't start wars of choice and then perpetuate them to keep the military contractors in business. We will fund schools and investment in green jobs over funding bombers and missile defense our military doesn't need or even want. We believe in liberty. We respect every American's right to practice their own religion and to live a life free from bigotry, abuse, and harassment. We will fight discrimination and deliver on the promise of equality for all Americans. We believe that no one, not multinational corporations nor the government, has the right to your personal information to keep tabs on you for profit or unwarranted policing. We believe in community, security and liberty and we will never back down. We will fight to live in a country that values those things we hold dear. Whether we are fighting corporate greed or right-wing attacks, we will stand up for what we believe. So what does that mean for us in the next two years? That means that we must fight for our values against Republican attempts to dismantle any progress we have made. It will be our mission to make sure Americans know the difference between our values and Republicans -- a choice between strong communities, security and liberty - or Republican division, greed, and fear. President Obama said it best at the memorial service for those who were tragically gunned down in Arizona, "As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let's use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together." I know we will fight even harder in 2011 than we did in 2008 to make sure no Republican can turn back the clock on the advances weve made so far. We will defeat those who stand against the advances we have yet to make. We will not compromise our values in the name of political expediency. We will always fight to move America forward against those who are determined to force us back. This is our time to recommit to our work for a better America.
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